1. I am all for assessments that BENEFIT the student's learning. However, I teach in a state that is requiring educator's to give at least one more vendor-approved assessment/SLO in addition to the state test. Why? To determine how much I GET PAID THAT YEAR. Not "extra pay", but my salary. Nothing to do with guiding instruction for the students--just to determine if I am an effective teacher. My district has chosen to administer all three in addition to the quarterly assessments already given.
    The way I am seeing assessments being used is not only ruining education, but is also causing teachers who are passionate about what they do rethink their career choice.

  2. YES, even if everyone denies it, teachers are expected to teach to the tests. What does one think pre- tests, quarterly assessments, state mandated assessments, and post- tests are. We are teaching our children how to take tests.
    Every good parent knows that children are works in progress, they mature at different rates, have different interests, talents, and capabilities.
    When was the last time you judged a meal by just looking at the raw ingredients and the recipe. Most people wait for the meal to be prepared before passing judgement.
    Of course we need to assess our children learning, but it is completely out of hand with testing companies raking in BILLIONS and of course lobbying for more.
    As a professional Artist and retired Art teacher I can' t begin to tell the damage the new standardized Art assessments will have.
    Most teachers can tell a parent how well their child understands a subject without the standardized test.
    My, oh my, however did we learn anything in our school days?


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